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Forum topic by SharkeysEnd posted 09-12-2018 02:26 PM 1035 views 0 times favorited 16 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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SharkeysEnd

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09-12-2018 02:26 PM

I want it! Right now I’m using a Dewalt jobsite saw that I’m frustrated with.

The description says
“It’s 3HP. with a Right tilt of 45. Includes a Unifence 30” saw guide with right and left ripping capacity, a 30” extension table for ripping up to 33”, a Delta tenoning jig #34-183, a 8” dado set. “

I don’t think I have the room for it, unfortunately. They’re looking for $1,400, which might seem a little steep. But everyone in my area (central NJ) seems to have an inflated idea of their stuff’s worth. And once you factor in the extras, it might not be so bad.

-- "Many folk like to know beforehand what is to be set on the table; but those who have laboured to prepare the feast like to keep their secret; for wonder makes the words of praise louder." -Gandalf


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EarlS

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#1 posted 09-12-2018 03:08 PM

Probably not a terrible price if it looks as good in person as the picture you posted

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#2 posted 09-12-2018 03:18 PM

I’d be looking at this one instead:
Delta Invicta Unisaw table saw needs motor - $300

9 out of 10 times, a non-running motor is super simple to fix. And you are actually in a pretty good location for machinery… in the ‘surrounding’ areas there are quite a few good deals as well.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#3 posted 09-12-2018 04:24 PM

Inflated prices are one thing selling prices are another. Last year when I looked at saws, there was a great Unisaw for $950 with 30”fence and Infinity tools Dadonator blade and rolling stand. I really wanted it but it was out of my budget. Within 3 months the price had dropped to $700, which was just below the average in my area. By then I had already found an older excellent condition Delta hybrid (looks just like a Unisaw) for $375 which was perfect for my needs. It also came with an almost new Forrest blade (which I was about to buy anyway!)

Funny thing, I immediately realized the size benefit of the internal motor over my Jet contractor saw in my cramped shop! The stability, better dust collection and added power that I got was expected.

Also, you don’t mention if that 3HP is 1 or 3 phase?

I would look at Brad’s find, a little effort on the motor would go a long way. Plus there are so many tutorials on Unisaw repairs.

Carl

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SharkeysEnd

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#4 posted 09-12-2018 05:50 PM


I d be looking at this one instead:
Delta Invicta Unisaw table saw needs motor - $300

9 out of 10 times, a non-running motor is super simple to fix. And you are actually in a pretty good location for machinery… in the surrounding areas there are quite a few good deals as well.

Cheers,
Brad

- MrUnix

Well hmm, now you have me thinking. I’m pretty sure I’ve happened upon that listing before but skipped it. At that price, assuming I could get the motor working reasonably cheaply, I could afford to get a few nice add-ons like a better fence and a decent miter gauge. Oh, and a new drum sander, which is the next in my I-have-to-have-one tool list. lol

-- "Many folk like to know beforehand what is to be set on the table; but those who have laboured to prepare the feast like to keep their secret; for wonder makes the words of praise louder." -Gandalf

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jimintx

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#5 posted 09-12-2018 06:16 PM

I would be very interested in that saw!

I have a very similar unisaw setup. I have the Delta mobile base that supports the saw and the long right side extension. My outfield table is a Delta folding outfield extension. The whole setup is meticulously cared for, and frankly, not used all that many hours. If I was to sell that saw right now I would ask $1400, and not take less than $1200 – if I still had it after 6 or 8 weeks.

I do not want to spend time rebuilding old, used tools. I think it is cool that people do that, and see it as an interesting hobby for them. But it simply isn’t my hobby, nor me interest. I believe there are a lot of people like me in this regard. Those people will find a near-perfect Unisaw and pay to get it, to avoid a new machine of similar design for ca $3k, and to avoid a cheap machine that needs work.

-- Jim, Houston, TX

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SharkeysEnd

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#6 posted 09-12-2018 06:27 PM



I would be very interested in that saw!

I have a very similar unisaw setup. I have the Delta mobile base that supports the saw and the long right side extension. My outfield table is a Delta folding outfield extension. The whole setup is meticulously cared for, and frankly, not used all that many hours. If I was to sell that saw right now I would ask $1400, and not take less than $1200 – if I still had it after 6 or 8 weeks.

I do not want to spend time rebuilding old, used tools. I think it is cool that people do that, and see it as an interesting hobby for them. But it simply isn t my hobby, nor me interest. I believe there are a lot of people like me in this regard. Those people will find a near-perfect Unisaw and pay to get it, to avoid a new machine of similar design for ca $3k, and to avoid a cheap machine that needs work.

- jimintx

All very good to know, thank you for sharing that.

If I didn’t have a table saw at all, I’d be with you. Being that I do have one, albeit frustrating at times, I’m a little more inclined to consider a project. Especially because the $1000 difference would almost pay for the drum sander I want. :D

-- "Many folk like to know beforehand what is to be set on the table; but those who have laboured to prepare the feast like to keep their secret; for wonder makes the words of praise louder." -Gandalf

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#7 posted 09-12-2018 06:48 PM

Looks like the motor’s packed with sawdust:

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#8 posted 09-12-2018 10:03 PM

hmm,
3hp Unisaw is nice, not $1400 nice, just ok.

What I drool over is when I see heavy metal sold cheap:

https://phoenix.craigslist.org/nph/tls/d/12-grizzly-table-saw/6693281808.html

In case post gets deleted, it is 5hp 1PH 12 inch Grizzly G5959 for $750 which is less than 1/3 of retail.
If only I had the cash, would make the room, and you would have never seen me whine about it.
:)

-- I'm an engineer not a woodworker, but I can randomly find useful tools and furniture inside a pile of lumber!

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jimintx

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#9 posted 09-12-2018 11:14 PM

Starkey, you will find that 100 woodworkers will hold about 85 opinions, but still i agree that getting those opinions a good way to formulate your own plan.

And in that regard, I think the difference in using a 3HP cabinet saw versus a portable job site saw, is overwhelming and a cost that should be accommodated. I feel that way much more than I feel the merits of a drum sander. But, that is just one opinion. And, I do not find a measurable incentive to seek a 5HP table saw.

And yes, I have used all the machines in question, but I know that we all have our own style projects and work.

-- Jim, Houston, TX

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SharkeysEnd

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#10 posted 09-13-2018 02:08 AM



And in that regard, I think the difference in using a 3HP cabinet saw versus a portable job site saw, is overwhelming and a cost that should be accommodated. I feel that way much more than I feel the merits of a drum sander.

Noted. I did reach out to the busted motor seller, now waiting for a reply.

For what it’s worth, I want the drum sander because I have access to loads of free scrap hardwood from a friend. I’m thinking about starting off making cutting boards, to practice the craft, and have something to give as a gift. I only have a small 6-1/8” old Craftsman jointer (whose infeed table is slightly cupped, but still does a fair job) and a cheap Wen planer. So getting smooth, flat surfaces is pretty difficult.

-- "Many folk like to know beforehand what is to be set on the table; but those who have laboured to prepare the feast like to keep their secret; for wonder makes the words of praise louder." -Gandalf

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SharkeysEnd

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#11 posted 09-13-2018 01:35 PM

Got a reply from the Invicta seller. The motor was submerged in salt water during Hurricane Sandy (oh I remember it well). That was October 2012. He said everything else is fine.

-- "Many folk like to know beforehand what is to be set on the table; but those who have laboured to prepare the feast like to keep their secret; for wonder makes the words of praise louder." -Gandalf

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#12 posted 09-13-2018 02:56 PM

That shouldn’t be a deal breaker. Tear it down, clean it good, replace the contacts if they look corroded. Worse case, find a real electrical repair shop and let them overhaul it.


Got a reply from the Invicta seller. The motor was submerged in salt water during Hurricane Sandy (oh I remember it well). That was October 2012. He said everything else is fine.

- SharkeysEnd


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#13 posted 09-13-2018 09:58 PM

I’ve been trying to sell my Unisaw for a few weeks now for less than $400. Although, it is missing fence rails and is only 1.5hp.

https://sacramento.craigslist.org/tls/d/delta-unisaw-15hp-320/6696345815.html

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firefighterontheside

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#14 posted 09-13-2018 10:18 PM

I wouldn’t discount the unifence until you try it. I have one and I like it better than the bies clones I’ve used. I bought the peach tree replacement fence, The uni-t.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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SharkeysEnd

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#15 posted 09-14-2018 02:42 PM


Got a reply from the Invicta seller. The motor was submerged in salt water during Hurricane Sandy (oh I remember it well). That was October 2012. He said everything else is fine.
- SharkeysEnd

Rule #5 strikes again. I asked to see it this weekend, only to learn that he sold it yesterday. Hmmm, I wonder if it was to a LJ…lol

-- "Many folk like to know beforehand what is to be set on the table; but those who have laboured to prepare the feast like to keep their secret; for wonder makes the words of praise louder." -Gandalf

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